Curves foods can help you make a change for good.
– Kymm Pollack, General Mills
The General Mills and Curves partnership has turned out to be delicously successful. Curves, the women’s-only fitness chain giant, teamed with the king of the cereal kingdom to put truly yummy and healthy food products in grocery stores. Curves products previously were only available at Curves Fitness centers. The products the Dream Team has launched are granola bars and cereal. If a fitness center puts soo much focus on Breakfast – I guess we all should, right?!
I’ve tried the bars and the cereal, so that I could give an accurate review and add more of a been there/done that flavor to my article. I SO hate articles that smell of haven’t been there/haven’t done that, but listen to me anyway…
First up, the Bars!
I tried the Chocolate Peanut Bars, but they’re available in Strawberries & Cream as well. The thing is if I’m ever confronted with the option of Chocolate, it matters very little what the other choice is. Addicted, much.
General Mills’ Curves Granola Bars are only 100 calories each! I saw it on the front of the box, plain as day, but after taking a bite, I went searching for further proof on the back. By the time I finished the bar, I was looking for the Nutrition Facts chart on the side. I’m generally not at all a skeptic (actually pretty naive!), but there was such a yummy combination of chocolate and peanut butter goodness that I thought they were hiding something from me.
The proof wasn’t in the pudding, but it was on the box – sure enough each bar is only 100 calories. Awesome! I always read in Prevention Magazine that snacks are good throughout the day, to keep your metabolism humming along AND to keep you from getting so hungry that you eat a meal fit for King Henry III. They always recommend keeping each snack at 100 calories. Then they’ll give examples, like 24 grapes, 3 apple wedges 2 and 1/2 crackers…etc. Yeah, right. I’m not the count it out or weigh it up type. SO MUCH EASIER to just grab a bar that someone else has added up for me. Especially if the people doing the counting are fitness experts – it’s like having your own nutritionsist telling you, “This would be a perfect snack..”
They’re healthy, delicious, and from two names that we can all trust 200 percent. Can’t be beat.
Now, onto…or rather, into…the cereal!
I’ve already told you on this blog how much I love cereal. I’ve always loved it – EVEN before I read that it’s one of Angelina Jolie’s favorite snacks. Granted, after that, it became pretty much a ritual practiced right alongside breathing, walking, sitting, bathing…
In addition to the bars, Curves and GM have a line of wonderful cereal on the shelves as well. The Curves cereals are great – I’ve tried (and loved) them both. A bowl of healthy, satisfying cereal with 2 percent milk, a glass of juice, and of course my liquid happiness (coffee) is the perfect way to get my day going. My metabolism gets the cue that it’s time to get going, plus there’s another benefit. Somehow when I start the novel of my day with a healthy introduction, the other chapters try to fall in line. Lunch (chapter 4) remembers how well the Intro behaved itself, so it refuses to be the one to blow it (Sorry, Ronald, not today!). Then Supper (chapter 9) glances back at the Intro and chapter 4 and vows that it won’t be the one to ruin everything – so another healthy chapter writes itself.
To make a long story short, the day has a happy ending and it’s mostly because it had a happy beginning. Good Intro, Good finale.
Like I’ve said with other food reviews, though, if the taste wasn’t there – I wouldn’t be there either. No matter how beautiful the boxes are, no matter how much I respect the name, no matter how amazing the Nutritional facts are…if the taste leaves somehting to be desired, I wouldn’t touch it. And I certainly wouldn’t suggest someone else touch it! (Unless, of course they were a loser dog…)
Try the Curves bars and cereal – you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was. And healthy, don’t forget healthy!
By the way, on the back of the cereal boxes, is some amazing reading material! If you like reading the backs of cereal boxes like I do, you’ll be a happy camper. On the side is a chart detailing how many calories you burn with certain activities (walking the dog, dancing, golfing, biking, hiking, gardening, swimming, etc.). The back has a lot of great health advice and nutritional tips. Great stuff!